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Academics - MSN-CNL

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program focuses on improving the quality of patient care and helping professional nurses to thrive in the health care system. The CNL role has demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes, elevating current evidence-based practice, enhancing quality, and providing continuous leadership in the microsystem. If you have a strong preference to retain your clinical identity yet assume a role of a change agent and leader, the CNL will provide you with the required competencies for the microsystem.

Application Deadline: 2/1

Applications after the deadline may be considered as space allows; interviews for applications after the deadline TBD

Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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Approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing

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Quick Facts

Here are a just few reasons you should consider enrolling in one of the most remarkable MSN-CNL programs in the country:

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Location: Online

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Length: 2-Year/3-Year Plan of Study

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Class Size: 24

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Application Deadline: 2/1

Overview

Mission

The mission of the University of Iowa Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program is to improve the quality of patient care by helping professional nurses thrive in the evolving health care system.

Program Design

The MSN:CNL program is a 39 s.h. innovative program, that is primarily online with practicum opportunities where you live, and a university visit for orientation, and capstone defense.  This clinical leadership program is comprised of six semesters plus one summer session, and benefits from our proud history of being on the forefront of nurse leader preparation. We use virtual platforms to keep students engaged and our ongoing research ensures that we on the forefront of leadership knowledge.

Benefits of the MSN

The University of Iowa’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree reflects the profession’s continuing call for transformative thinking and evolutionary change in the practice environment. Our graduates are prepared for critical action within complex, changing systems, including health, educational, and organizational systems. As a graduate of UI’s MSN program, you will be equipped with valuable knowledge and skills to lead change, promote health, and elevate care in various roles and settings.

Program of Study Options

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2-yr Plan of Study

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3-yr Plan of Study

 

Welcome from the Director

The University of Iowa has a long, distinguished, and proud history of being on the forefront of leadership knowledge and future nurse leader preparation. We are well positioned to support the emerging role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Our progressive curriculum in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) guidelines, and emerging evidence supports the evolving and future needs of the practice environment across the continuum of care. We believe our content, innovativeness, curriculum, world class faculty, and online approach are great assets that will exceed your expectation as a future CNL.

Why UI?
These are some of our traditions that inspire other students:

  1. We support small classes that foster positive relationship between students and with our faculty.
  2. The UI College of Nursing is recognized as one of the elite nursing schools in the country.
  3. Several of the college’s programs rank among the nation’s very best.
  4. Faculty who teach in the CNL program are recognized as national and international leaders in their areas of expertise.
  5. Our faculty use creative teaching methods to ensure your engagement and learning.
  6. You can also participate in our Facebook community to develop networks and knowledge for future opportunities.
  7. Two of our students, who started in 2014, were recently published in a peer review journal.

Do not hesitate to contact me about continuing the next phase of your career.

Sincerely,

M. Lindell Joseph, PhD, RN, FAAN
MSN-CNL Program Director
maria-joseph@uiowa.edu

Curriculum

Fall I (9 Semester Hours)

  • Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology I (3 S.H.)
  • Quality and Safety (3 S.H.)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Seminar (3 S.H.)

Spring I (9 Semester Hours)

  • Evaluating Evidence for Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Leadership in the Microsystem (3 S.H., Practice Experience: 90 Hours)
  • Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology II (3 S.H.)

Summer I (3 Semester Hours)

  • Clinical Education in Care Environment (3 S.H.)

Fall II (9 Semester Hours)

  • Clinical Data Management and Evaluation (3 S.H.)
  • Applied Epidemiology (3 S.H.)
  • Healthcare Infrastructure and Informatics (3 S.H.)

Spring II (9 Semester Hours)

  • Health Promotion and Assessment for Clinical Nurse Leaders (3 S.H.)
  • CNL Capstone Clinical Immersion (6 S.H., Practice Experience: 400 Hours)

Total Semester Hours: 36
Total Practice Experience Hours: 490

Fall I (6 Semester Hours)

  • Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology I (3 S.H.)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Seminar (3 S.H.)

Spring I (6 Semester Hours)

  • Evaluating Evidence for Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology II (3 S.H.)

Summer I (3 Semester Hours)

  • Clinical Education in Care Environment (3 S.H.)

Fall II (6 Semester Hours)

  • Applied Epidemiology (3 S.H.)
  • Quality and Safety (3 S.H.)

Spring II (6 Semester Hours)

  • Health Promotion and Assessment for Clinical Nurse Leaders (3 S.H.)
  • Leadership in the Microsystem (3 S.H., Practice Experience: 90 Hours)

Fall III (9 Semester Hours)

  • Clinical Data Management and Evaluation (3 S.H.)
  • Healthcare Infrastructure and Informatics (3 S.H.)

Spring III (9 Semester Hours)

  • CNL Capstone Clinical Immersion (6 S.H., Practice Experience: 400 Hours)

Total Semester Hours: 36
Total Practice Experience Hours: 490

Tuition & Fees

University of Iowa Tuition and Fees

Graduate, Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021)

2-Year Plan of Study:
Total program tuition: $38,877 for Iowa resident; $75,935 for non-resident

3-Year Plan of Study:
Total program tuition: $39,016 for Iowa resident; $76,099 for non-resident

Residency requirements are established by the State of Iowa Board of Regents and can be found here: http://registrar.uiowa.edu/residency. You must be able to show that you were a resident of Iowa for 12 months prior to commencing an educational program for some purpose other than education (work, residence, etc.).

Paying for your MSN-CNL Degree

Financial Aid
The road to become an MSN-CNL program graduate can be challenging and expensive; however, the rate of return on this investment will pay higher dividends than any other investment you could make during your remarkable career. UI's Office of Student Financial Aid is available to help you determine the best way to pay for your investment. The CNL graduate student is able to borrow up to the full cost of attendance while in graduate school. The full cost includes all tuition, fees, books, Insurance, and additional living expenses such as rent and food.

The University of Iowa’s College of Nursing is able to offer qualified students a number of graduate scholarships through the UI Foundation thanks to generous donors.

Health care facilities are frequently willing to offer either a stipend or loan repayment for a commitment to work for a given number of years. Additionally, many of the U.S. military branches will also offer scholarships in return for employment upon graduation.


FAQs

It is a primarily online program.  The only course that usually requires time on campus is NURS:5031 Health Promotion and Assessment for Advance Clinical Practice. In addition, we usually welcome students to campus for orientation. This is an opportunity to meet your   cohorts, advisors, and faculty members of courses the students will take during the MSN-CNL program. Lastly, at the end of the program you are welcomed to campus for your capstone presentation.  COVID-19 has allowed  us to make accommodations for the above requirements.

Yes, you will need an RN license in the state in which you reside. The clinical experiences will be in microsystem in the organization in which the student is employed.

No, you do not need to provide transcripts if all your coursework post-high school was at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Yes, you can. If you believe that your academic record or test scores do not accurately reflect your ability to do graduate work, complete the appropriate section on the application. Be sure to describe the factors that affected your academic record and state what is in place to avoid these factors in the future.

No, you do not need to take the GRE for our MSN-CNL program.

Due to the level of internet-based course work required, international students in this program of study are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. Questions regarding visas and immigration documentation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) via email at isss@uiowa.edu.

The leadership practicum--90 hours with NURS:5666 Leadership in the Microsystem. The focus of this practicum is on understanding the operations of the microsystem with a nurse manager.  In addition, you will identify an area of opportunity and propose a future capstone project.
The capstone practicum-- 400 hours in NURS:5696 CNL Capstone Clinical Immersion. During this final semester you will implement, evaluate, and defend your capstone project.

The purpose of the program is to prepare the learner for a clinical leadership role at the point-of-care. The program prepares the CNL with eight competencies. Therefore, you may seek a role using one of these competencies: clinician, educator, advocate, outcomes manager, information manager, system analyst, member of the profession, and outcomes. Our graduates report being in roles such as patient navigator, care coordinator, health coach, quality improvement specialist, patient educator, staff educator, patient care facilitator, instructor, and manager.

Certification is recommended but not required, as it isn't a credential needed for licensure as certification is for NP graduates. The advantages of the CNL certification are the same as other specialty certifications; it validates that the person has expertise in that particular area of practice. We have a 100% certification pass rate on the first time.

 

Contact

Jennifer Clougherty

Jennifer Clougherty
Program Advisor
jennifer-clougherty@uiowa.edu
319-335-7021